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It’s all about teens at TeenBookCon, a free all-day event for fans of young adult fiction. Authors and illustrators from England (Printz award winner Marcus Sedgwick), Canada (Svetlana Chmakova) and America (Melissa de la Cruz, Ann Brashares, Jenny Han and more than 20 others) converge at the Con to meet their teen fans. Co-founder Lisa Stultz tells us the Con gives young fans the opportunity to “ask [authors and illustrators] questions and interact with them in a way that is pretty common for adults but hasn’t really been an option for teens before.” Highlights of the day include the “rare chance to meet Marcus Sedgwick, since he is so infrequently on our side of the Atlantic,” says Stultz. “Oh, and Lauren Myracle’s book ttyl is turning ten years old, so we’re throwing a fabulous tenth birthday party for a select group of teens who come to TeenBookCon.” Stultz calls the opportunity to see so many fantastic authors who are at the top of the YA field, all in one day and all for free, a “not-to-be-missed [opportunity].”

The day is filled with meet-and-greet sessions, panel discussions, speakers (Laurie Halse Anderson and Matt de la Pena), prize drawings, shopping (courtesy of Blue Willow Bookshop), activities (henna tattoos, a bring-your-own-camera photo booth, crafts) and, at the end of the day, a mass signing session by all the attending authors. There’s also ample opportunity for teens to meet other like-minded readers (busloads of youths from Rockport, Beaumont and beyond have attended previous Cons). Organizers say adult fans of young-adult fiction are welcome at the Con, but seating and spots in signing lines will go to teens first.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alief Taylor High School, 7555 Howell-Sugarland Road. For information, call 281-988-3500 or visit teenbookcon.org. Free.
Sat., April 26, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2014

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